'Otherhood': Author reflects on life as a single, childless woman

March 4, 2014 at 11:19 AM ET

Video: Author Melanie Notkin and psychiatrist Janet Taylor discuss the pressure some women face to have kids when they’re past the typical childbearing age. They say womanhood should be defined by who you are as an individual.

Read an excerpt from Melanie Notkin's "Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness"

Excerpted from Otherhood: Modern Women Finding a New Kind of Happiness, by Melanie Notkin. With permission from Seal Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group. Copyright © 2014.